Sweet and Lemony Basil Smoothie.

IMG_9727I know…

“Sweet and Lemony” sounds totally weird isn’t it?;)

well, let’s pretend it is not weird and give this a try.

One of the sweet pleasures of my life is that just walk out to the back yard, pick some fresh herbs, and make something delicious. Few weeks ago my sweet husband kindly brought this basil plant for me.I was thrilled. You know how much I love herbs:)



I waited patiently to pick few leaves to make my favorite summer smoothie. I thought it’s time now.

IMG_9731So it’s officially summer now, well at least for some of us. It’s been so hot here even though we get some rain here and there. On Monday morning, I picked up some basil leaves to make a smoothie to enjoy the first day of summer.

 However I haven’t forget I promised you that  I am going to share this delicious and healthy recipe with you. So here it is.
 I tell you…
This makes you feel like you are in a spa right in your own home, so grab a glass or two like I did, go to your favorite place, (for me, it is always the backyard in summer) and have that heavenly moment:)
 So refreshing and healthy too.
Original Recipe is from Giada De Laurentiis, “Giada At Home”.
This recipe is for 4 servings.
Let’s make the smoothie…

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups of plain yogurt
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 cups of lemon simple syrup( Find the Recipe below )
1 cup of ice

 Lemon simple syrup ingredients:

1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of Lemon zest

Lemon simple syrup:

Combine the water, sugar, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Heat it, and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir it until the sugar has dissolved. Take off the pan and let the syrup to cool completely. Strain before use the syrup.

Now we are  ready to make the smoothie.

Sweet and  Lemony  Basil smoothie:

Add yogurt, basil, lemon simple syrup, and ice to a blender. Blend them until it becomes smooth and frothy.
Pour into frosted glasses and serve immediately.


Are you a smoothie lover? where is that place in your home you just love to sit and enjoy ?
This weekend is the first weekend of summer…
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23 Comments on “Sweet and Lemony Basil Smoothie.

  1. I have never thought of putting basil in a smoothie. I am definitely going to try this.

  2. This is right up my alley for many reasons — I love lemon, am obsessed with basil, and want to be best friends with Giada. I’m glad we are on the same page about similar things 🙂 Thank you for sharing this — looks so refreshing!!

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